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Global Harvest Initiative Issue Brief: Embracing Science-Based Technologies Critical to Increase Agricultural Productivity and Enhance Global Food Security

JUNE 13, 2011

On June 13, the Global Harvest Initiative (GHI) published a new policy issue brief which highlights the importance of science-based technologies in sustainably addressing the mounting challenges of global hunger and food security in order to feed an anticipated nine billion people globally by 2050.

The policy issue brief, “Embracing Science-Based Technologies,” suggests that closing the global agricultural productivity gap between supply and demand and meeting the needs of a growing population will require the embrace of existing and new technologies and innovations that are scientifically proven to safely and effectively increase agricultural productivity.

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Former UN Secretary-General Annan: “Only Way to Reduce Hunger is to Increase Food Production”

MAY 23, 2011

In an April, 2011 interview with the Financial Times, Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Founder of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) discussed a number of topics including agriculture. In the interview, Annan stressed the importance of increasing food production in order to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of reducing hunger worldwide by 50 percent and noted the critical role of science in meeting future demand for food and agriculture.

Below are select remarks from Annan’s interview:

“Over the years I was following developments on the continent and when we came up with MDGs [Millennium Development Goals], one of their roles was reducing hunger and poverty by 50 percent. The only way this continent can reduce hunger is by increasing its food production. I also saw the work of welfare program organizations expanding constantly, bringing food aid to Africa when we should be focusing on getting agriculture right.”

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Healthier Sorghum for Africa

MAY 12, 2011

A $4 million grant will soon bring healthier sorghum to underserved communities in Africa. The grant, a partnership between the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and GHI-founding member DuPont, will help launch the development of biofortified sorghum, a more nutritious and digestible sorghum.

“We are very pleased to facilitate the funding of this valuable project in order to advance its development,” said Paul Anderson, Executive Director, Office of International Programs, The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. “We have a strong interest in seeing sorghum make a greater contribution to the health and livelihood of African farmers.”

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Global Harvest Initiative Urges Thoughtful Consideration In U.S. Budget Discussions For Programs Addressing Global Hunger, Food Security

APRIL 28, 2011

There is little argument that the United States is currently facing a difficult fiscal environment against an accumulated debt of $14 trillion. In this environment, GHI acknowledges the necessity of budget reductions and a plan to implement the required fiscal discipline.

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Agriculture a Major Focus at the 2011 World Economic Forum

FEBRUARY 07, 2011

At the 2011 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, global industry leaders presented a report entitled: “Realizing The New Vision for Agriculture: A roadmap for stakeholders,” an action agenda designed to help increased food productivity and sustainability, drive economic growth and protect the environment.

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2010 World Food Prize Remarks

OCTOBER 21, 2010
Kofi Annan

“Despite the huge importance of agriculture to Africa’s economies, the continent’s commercial banks typically extend less than 3 percent of their lending to this sector. We must make this right; agriculture is a business it must be financed like one.

The huge need to provide farmers and agri-businesses with affordable credit is beginning to be met. AGRA and its partners have already mobilized $160 million in affordable loans from local commercial banks through credit guarantees.

This is unprecedented and the effort to expand access will continue. We are seeing as well investment and support for agro-dealer networks that are building thousands of rural businesses across the continent.

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GAP Report™ Media Coverage

OCTOBER 19, 2010
World Food Prize Logo

The October 13 event to launch the Global Harvest Initiative’s inaugural Global Agricultural Productivity Report™ and Global Agricultural Productivity Index™ brought together many experts and leaders from the agricultural industry. Below are a few select links to articles, as well as additional media coverage of Executive Director Bill Lesher resulting from the launch of the Gap Report™ at the 2010 World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa.

“Wal-Mart to boost buying from small and local farms” – Reuters – October 14, 2010

“Wal-Mart, they are a very big outfit. If they require their suppliers to meet sustainability requirements, that will have significant implications,” said Bill Lesher, executive director of the Global Harvest Initiative… “It will benefit large farmers, small farmers; it will be helpful to everyone.”

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Global Harvest Initiative Launches 2010 GAP Report™ at World Food Prize

OCTOBER 13, 2010

On Wednesday October 13, The Global Harvest Initiative launched the 2010 GAP Report™ developed with the Farm Foundation, NFP and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economics Research Service (ERS). The GAP Report™ quantifies for the first time the difference between the current rate of global agricultural productivity growth and the pace required to meet future needs.

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Stanford Experts Find High-Yield Agriculture Slows Global Warming

AUGUST 06, 2010

According to a new study developed by researchers at Stanford University, advances in conventional agriculture have prevented massive amounts of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere.

By reducing the amount of biomass burned and the resulting greenhouse gas emissions when forests or grasslands are cleared for farming, the researchers calculate that 590 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions have been avoided.

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Innovation pays off

JUNE 21, 2010

A recently released study, conducted by Stanford Earth scientists, provides further confirmation that investing in agricultural innovation produces the two-fold benefit of allowing modern agriculture to intensify crop yields while doing it in a sustainable and environmentally-friendly.

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